Daily Silk Production
Put into production in 1919, raw silk was brought into the Silk Factory Lofts building by truck and stored in the basement. Adjacent to the basement storeroom was a department dedicated to opening and cleaning the raw silk parcels.
The silk passed from the opening room to the soaking and washing room, then back into the drying room. The soaking and washing room was entirely enclosed and window exhaust fans removed steam.
After drying, the silk passed from the basement to the fourth story where the winding department was located. From there the silk was carried downward through the other various processes of silk throwing, etc. The final processes, coning, quilling and spooling, were completed in one of the older buildings adjacent to the new factory.
Power transformers for the machines in the building were located in a fireproof vault (now the building’s sole concrete loft). Heating boilers were installed in the basement and cross-connected with the heating plant in an older building.
The space under the alley adjacent to the new building was used as a coal vault and was arranged so that coal could be taken from it to either of the two boiler rooms.